It was a banner year for local high school athletic programs in the Woodburn Independent coverage area. Records were set, titles were won and fought for and playoff runs were deep and plentiful.
It seemed that every season of the athletic calender in 2015 was packed with momentous occasions and memorable events.
Each school in our coverage area Woodburn, North Marion, Gervais, Kennedy and St. Paul each had their share of greatness to celebrate and important events that impacted their athletic programs in the past 365 days.
Football, football, football!
The Kennedy football program rose to the top of the 2A classification this year, advancing to the state championship game in November for just the fourth time in school history. The final outcome may not have been what the Trojans envisioned, but the body of Kennedys work proved that this team will go down as one of the best in school history.
Cross country programs continued success
Kennedys cross country program has seen its fair share of athletes pass through its doors, but this could well be the teams best year ever.
Senior Adrian Parra booked his fourth trip to state, ending his tenure with the Trojans with two district titles, two top-10 finishes at state and a share of the school 5,000-meter record.
On the girls side, Kaylin Cantu won her second district title and teamed with Alejandra Lopez to give the Trojans two top-10 placers at the state meet for the first time in school history.
Girls Basketball/volleyball advance to state
The Kennedy girls basketball team was crowned league champion in the spring, entered the state tournament as the No. 1 2A team in Oregon and went on to place fifth overall.
Just a few short months later, the same core group of girls strapped on their knee pads and accomplished the same feat on the volleyball court, making its fourth consecutive appearance at the state tournament where they went on to place fifth, just like the basketball team did in March.
Track team bids farewell to impact seniors
Loghan Sprauer, Amelia GrosJacques and Lauren Stokley will go down as three of the top track and field athletes to ever walk the halls at Kennedy High School.
The three combined for multiple individual state titles and each had a hand in delivering the 2014 2A state championship to Kennedy their junior years.